May 22, 1987 |
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Ak Bars Kazan
Toronto Maple Leafs
As a younger player, Rynnäs was never considered a prime talent and was, for example, never drafted in the NHL. After becoming over-aged to play in the Ässät Junior team, Rynnäs had serious trouble in finding himself a team, ending up in the Finnish 3rd division. However, Ässät signed him for the 2009–2010 season and, after impressive performances in the pre-season games, Rynnäs got more and more responsibility and ended up becoming Ässät's number one Liiga goaltender and a fan favourite. He had the top save percentage (.927) during the 2009-10 season, and posted a 2.47 goals against average.
At the end of the season, several NHL teams showed interest, and Rynnäs chose Toronto. He and Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, agreed to terms on a two-year entry-level contract.
He was recalled to the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 27, 2012 on an emergency basis due to the health of James Reimer. He made his first National Hockey League appearance in relief of Jonas Gustavsson that same night, against the Carolina Hurricanes. On March 29, 2012 a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Leafs starting goaltender Jonas Gustavsson was injured during a pre-game warmup in the knee. Rynnas was informed by the coach Randy Carlyle that he was going to start the game. Rynnas allowed 7 goals on 30 shots in his first NHL start, as the Flyers won 7-1.
On July 10, 2013, Rynnas left the Maple Leafs organization as a free agent and returned to Finland signing a two-year contract with Oulun Kärpät. In the 2013–14 campaign, he produced a banner season to again lead the league with a 1.51 goals against average and a .939 save percentage.
On July 7, 2014, Rynnäs was released from the second year of his contract with Kärpät and returned to the NHL in signing a two-year contract with the Dallas Stars. In the 2014–15 season with the Stars, Rynnäs lost out on the backup position to start the year and was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars. He later appeared in 2 games with Dallas, before returning to Texas for the duration of the season.
On June 15, 2015, it was announced that Rynnas had signed with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL, after being placed on unconditional waivers by the Dallas Stars to forgoe his final year of contract in North America.
|2011–12||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||2||0||1||0||99||7||0||4.25||.825||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||1||0||0||0||10||0||0||0.00||1.000||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
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